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    EDITION No. 61







    JULY 2016

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    EDITION The Official Magazine of Club

    Lotus NZ Inc. and the

    Classic Trial Register

    Front Cover picture

    Dave Gowenlocks recent trip around the South Island. Daves Exige photographed here on Arthurs Pass. Back Cover picture

    Back page from the December 1960 Motor Racing magazine.

    Club Lotus NZ Inc. PO Box 100 869,

    North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland 0745

    Web - www.clublotus.org.nz Facebook - Club Lotus NZ

    You Tube Club Lotus New Zealand Forumwww.thelotusforums.com

    President David Crandallpresident@clublotus.org.nz

    Secretary/Editor Rex Oddysecretary@clublotus.org.nz

    Treasurer Kevin Newtontreasurer@clublotus.org.nz

    Membership David White -

    membership@clublotus.org.nz Motorsport Liaison

    Terry Ridingmotorsport@clublotus.org.nz Social Media

    Rich Milessocialmedia@clublotus.org.nz General Committee

    Robin Stevenson, Nigel Brock, Geoff Sparkes Bay of Plenty Coordinator

    John Mallardbop@clublotus.org.nz Wellington Coordinator

    Mark Gregorywellington@clublotus.org.nz

    Club Lotus NZ is a MotorSport New Zealand affiliated club

    Classic Trial Register 2004 Hunua Road, RD3,

    Papakura, Auckland 2583

    Web - www.clublotus.org.nz/classictrial

    Classic Trial Director Ross Vaughan

    classictrialinfo@clublotus.org.nz Treasurer

    David Tolhurst General Committee

    John Miller, Syd Davis, Terry Riding

    Bronwynne Leech, Peugeot 205 GT1i 4 has won the 2016 PPG Classic Trial Ladies Championship ahead of Robyn Riding and three times winner Sheridan Broadbent. Bronwynne and Sheridan (Valiant Pacer) are pictured here at the 2016 Festival of Motor Racing at Hampton Downs.

    This is my first issue as a proper Editor and now after nearly two years at the helm I can now rant on about issues. Anything I write of course is my opinion and not that of Club Lotus NZ or the Classic Trial Regis-ter. I have recently been reading the Editorial in the Autumn edition of Bespoke, The Thoroughbred and Classic Car Owners Clubs (TACCOC) magazine. The Editorial sadly reports on the recent proliferation of electronic newsletters published by car clubs and addresses the merits and demer-its there of. Listed were a number of car clubs in New Zealand that have recently given up print-ed newsletters in favour of electronic me-dia. Club Lotus is one of the clubs listed. There were two prime reasons why this option is not favoured by TACCOC. The first is the abysmal quality of proof reading that appears in electronic media. TACCOC is not quite sure why this is worse in electronic media, but on this point I apologise for what has gone before, what is stuffed up in this issue and for what you no doubt will

    receive in the future. The second prime reason was a prefer-ence to hold something in your hand. TAC-COC quote the magazine published by the combined Lotus clubs in Australia, a maga-zine concept on which EDITION is based, and the Aussies issues with electronic and printed media. Of the three Lotus Clubs that make up the Lotus in Australia. Victoria issues both printed and electronic versions of the mag-azine. Queensland polled their members and found 70% were happy to pay extra to receive a printed copy. We know the NSW based Club Lotus Australia has given up on printed magazines all together so no con-sistency there. While I acknowledge the advantages of a hand held publication I do own an iPad and I tend to do my reading using such. I also tend to be a bit of a magazine collecting anorak, the only problem is that I cant find the article I want. The futureelectronic media but with an index.

    Cheers Rex


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    Hello Welcome to Edition 61. I hope that you enjoy the content of this issue. There has been quite a bit happening with Club Lotus New Zealand over the past few months. The new committee is now up and running. There have been some changes in roles, as well as some new committee members. Wel-come to Kevin Newton (treasurer), and David White (membership). Geoff Sparkes has also re-joined the committee bringing a wealth of experience as a past president. I have taken over from Rex Oddy (who is now secretary & continues as editor of Edition). Certainly big boots to fill. However the team is full of energy & enthusiastic, so the momentum will carry on. New Zealand is again without an official Lotus dealer. Simply Sport-Cars in Sydney are the Australasian master agent and are looking to appoint someone over here, however it will be a case of wait and see. The strengthening of the New Zealand dollar against the pound since Brexit will certainly allow cars to be quite a bit more afforda-ble. Hopefully something develops here. If you check out the club website you will see that there are plenty of events leading right through to 2017. In addition to these Wednesday Wanders are organised each month, and there is always a good showing of members at the Caffeine and Classics event at Smales Farm in Auckland each month. Well worth checking out if you have not been along before. Also, if you havent already done so dont forget to look at the club facebook page. There is also now a dedicated forum for New Zealand owners on the Lotus Forums. As a final note, it looks like this years Twighlight track evening will be morphing into a Saturday event at Pukekohe. This will again be run by Playday on Track, and should prove to be an enormous amount of fun again. Best regards



    Greetings With the summer season now over most of the Classic Trial cars are garaged awaiting the 2016/17 PPG Classic Trial Championship that commences with the Historic Racing Club Icebreaker meeting on the weekend of 10 11 September at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. As with most of the 2-day race meetings we have the Classic Trials on the Saturday practice and 3 trials over 2 days means a lot of sitting around and the 1-day out appeals to most of the driv-ers. Our entry tickets will get us into the circuit on the Sunday if we wish to watch more racing. Due to low entry numbers at last years HRC Brass Monkey meeting, this years meeting, usually held in mid-July, was cancelled. The Classic Trial Register used this event for its Winter Championship. Just when we thought it was going to be a no go Winter Champion-ship, the Commodore Car Club invited us to boost the numbers at their August meeting at Pukekohe Raceway. If any readers are in-terested in trialing their car in this event its not too late to enter. Not being a Sanctioned Series, a MSNZ Log Book is not needed. If you are interested, entries are now open on the Auckland Car Club website. Any new drivers to Classic Trial would need to check their cars eligibility with me first. (ross.vaughan@clear.net.nz) The Register is holding its annual Luncheon and Prize Giving at the Horse and Trap, 3 Enfield St, Mt Eden on 21 August from 11am. This year we will be having an AGM prior to the luncheon. For the first time we will hold an election for Officers and discuss where the CT Register is heading. Terry Riding, a Register member and MSNZ Steward, will go over his discussions with MSNZ involving a possible North Island MSNZ recognised Championship. All interested parties are welcome to attend the AGM and luncheon. (email numbers to me) With the rising cost of circuit hire we may find that in the future there will be more meetings at Pukekohe Park Raceway and Bruce McLaren Raceway at Taupo. While the new extension at Hampton Downs Raceway is now completed, it appears it will only be used for International meetings and for the use of Tony Quinns GT Club members. Two Register cars, Paul Coupers Westfield 11 (2min 00) and my Alfa (2min 26) have been round this new track. Paul, a GT Club member, at the wheel of both cars! I had the privilege of being the passenger in the Alfa for the few laps and I can tell it was an amazing ride with some tricky bends (especially with someone else driving your car on road tyres!) I suppose we can only hope there might be a relaxation of this decision and we get a chance to drive on this great track. The corporate boxes above the existing garages are now completed and there is a viewing platform at the end over-looking turn 5 and the main straight. This position truly offers the best vantage point of the circuit. The Register is always on the lookout for new drivers and anyone with a suitable car would be welcome to join us at any of the new seasons meetings. Cheers


    LeftThe new turn 5 viewing area at Hampton Downs Left abovePaul Couper in his Westfield Eleven at Hampton Downs. Not a corner that comes to mind


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